Like many other countries of Western Europe, Croatia too developed in an area that was once made part of the Roman Empire. In the maelstrom of the great migrations of peoples that took place Europe-wide after the fall of Rome, the Croat tribes took over this area. The Croats established their own princedom as early as the 7th century and founded an independent state in the 9th century. Today, Croatia is a mediterranean paradise for travelers since it offers a diverse combination of splendors. The beautiful blue sea, great swimming, tasty seafood and delicious wine are just a few of Croatia’s best features. Additionally, Croatia offers a vast array of cultural influences, making this a historian’s playground.